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Fashion School Q&A: UCA School of Fashion and Textiles


The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is a university in the UK and
has five campuses across the South East of England, in Canterbury, Epsom,
Maidstone and Rochester. School of Fashion and Textiles is one of the
programmes at UCA and iis a global leader in fashion education. Two of
their key focus areas are sustainability and digital fashion, which will be
embedded in all our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. FashionUnited
spoke to Professor Jules Dagonet, Head of School, Fashion & Textiles about
the university’s future plans, courses, and community.

How is everything going at UCA’s School of Fashion & Textiles? Are the
physical classes back?

Yes, it was an exciting start of the year with all the students and
staff back on campus – just like pre-pandemic but with face masks on. Since
September, we’ve also resumed teaching in the workshops, studios, and
giving our students full access to on-campus facilities. This has created a
real buzz and excitement on the campus with some fabulous collections being
created.

How would you describe the student community at UCA?

UCA has a vibrant and diverse student community, both in terms of
nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds. All our students have a
determination and strong motivation to do well, achieve good grades and
pursue their wide-ranging career ambitions.

What kind of courses does your school of fashion & textiles offer? What
is the focus area?

UCA’s School of Fashion and Textiles is a global leader in fashion
education and two of our key focus areas are sustainability and digital
fashion, which will be embedded in all our undergraduate and postgraduate
courses from September 2022. Digital fashion has the same core-making
skills as traditional fashion courses (cloth and fabrics, pattern-cutting,
garment construction, fashion illustration and storytelling) but with a new
layer of 3D digital skills – a must-have across the industry. And our
sustainability offering is mirrored by our students’ growing interest in
the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and in particular
fast-fashion.

Our portfolio offers a wide range of courses from textiles (BA Textiles,
BA Printed Fashion Textiles) to fashion design (BA Fashion Design, BA
Fashion Atelier & Tailoring) and fashion image (BA Fashion image & styling,
BA Fashion Photography, Ba Make-Up & Hair Design). We also offer a suite of
postgraduate degrees: MA Fashion Design, MA Digital Fashion, MA Printed
Textiles for Fashion & Interiors: MA Creative Direction for Fashion and MA
Global Fashion Cultures.

What do we need to know about the University for the Creative Arts and
its school of fashion and textiles?

Digital technologies are now revolutionising the fashion and textiles
industry and hence the teaching of fashion and textiles, following in the
path of gaming, films, music etc. Digital technologies are offering new
opportunities to make the fashion and textiles industry more sustainable
thanks to digital samples, digital prototypes, and made-to-order fashion.
It is also opening up a new area for creatives in the virtual spaces where
Gen-Zers are curating their digital identities with avatars and digital
wardrobes.

As a global leader in digital fashion education, UCA School of Fashion
and Textiles is committed to equipping students and graduates with the
skills they need to thrive in and lead the fashion and textiles industry of
tomorrow. That includes traditional making skills and an additional layer
of 3D digital skills with software like Clo-3D, Substance and Daz3D.

What are the plans for this year? Any new things coming up?

And as we continue to develop our advantage as a global leader in
digital fashion, in 2022 we will be celebrating the first intake of UCA’s
pioneering MA Digital Fashion course. With MA students working on an
exciting project for fashion tech company and global leader in online
luxury fashion retail, Farfetch. We are also preparing for an exciting move
to Epsom campus next year. Epsom will become the hub for fashion and
textiles at UCA with a multi-million-pound investment making Epsom the new
home of fashion and textiles by 2023/24. An easy commute from London and a
thriving market town, Epsom is the perfect home for fashion and textiles
which will also benefit from its proximity to UCA’s Business School for the
Creative Industries.

Do you have any tips for future students who want to study Fashion or
Textiles at UCA?

Work on your portfolio and show us your design process from beginning to
end: – mood-boards and research to drawings, illustrations, choice of
fabrics and 3D garments. Don’t be shy to explore technology and to combine
an interest in gaming with an interest in fashion and textiles. Don’t try
to fit a mould, just be yourself, but be your best self, push yourself to
explore your passions and interests.

Photos: UCA



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